Fraud alert: Pinehurst police chief warns residents of phone scam
Pinehurst Police Chief Fred Hanauer is warning residents that scammers are targeting the area with the popular "Publisher's Clearing House" con, which has recently been featured in The Examiner and is still circulating after years.
According to the news release from Hanaeur on March 20, someone called a Pinehurst resident from a number appearing on caller ID as (876) 575-3890. The caller, who reportedly spoke with a "Middle Eastern" accent, advised that the recipient of the call had won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. The caller hung up the phone but later called back thinking it the call may have been legitimate. The same person answered the call and requested the caller wire $289 via Western Union to "process" the $500,000 prize. The would-be victim immediately terminated the phone call, realizing at that point that it was indeed a scam.
Hanauer stated in the release that he wanted to inform the public about the scam and advises citizens to use common sense of they receive a call claiming they have won a prize.
“You never have to pay to receive a legitimate prize,” said Hanauer.